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#931 crewcut

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Posted April 24 2014 - 11:38 AM

Got this thread pointed out to me, can see the reason for infamous status on these boards. Nice rig, TwoDogs. Got to say the camo was better, but I understand... got to keep the rust off. Hope your safe & well off the beaten path, Sir.

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Posted April 25 2014 - 11:48 PM

Two Dogs is a good man, I think sometimes he just has to get away from it all for a while. I hope he comes back someday.

“Becoming a dissident is not something that happens overnight.  You do not simply decide to become one.  It is a long chain of steps and acts.  And very often during this process, you do not really reflect upon what is happening...You don’t want to become involved with the dirt that is around you and one day, all of a sudden you wake up and realize that you are a dissident, that you are a human rights activist.” – Vaclav Havel, former Czech President (1993-2003) & activist

 

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Posted April 27 2014 - 05:43 AM

one of my favorite threads on HF- - -Hope all is well with 2 dogs out west

#934 Camper_Bob

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Posted May 07 2014 - 05:33 AM

Greetings All!

Camper_Bob here, been a mobile traveler since 1961, mainly working disaster relief, which is why being a full time mobile traveler just makes sense.

In the spirit of helping van dwellers, and other mobile travelers, I have started a new thread at http://www.hipforums...156#post8007156

Anyone who needs help or has answers to offer is welcome. Hope to see you there!

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Posted May 07 2014 - 08:54 AM

Wow hello Bob!

Welcome to Hipforums..... God bless you and your camper :)

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Posted May 08 2014 - 12:10 AM

Wow hello Bob!

Welcome to Hipforums..... God bless you and your camper :)


Thanks! Glad to be here, and hopefully I can be a good contributer.

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Posted May 08 2014 - 11:23 AM

Hey, cool thread.

I did the mobile thing for about a year with my Boxer terrier after I left my first husband in Ontario and moved to BC. Stuffed my shit in storage and lived in a camp site and when winter happened it was shut down but I was allowed to stay, kind of a deal to watch over stuff. Of course I had no heat or hydro so it was a bit cold some nights but I had a thick blanket that I sewed a sheepskin layer onto and was toasty warm. It was a cheap way to live till I got my feet back on the ground and I loved it. Once I was able to afford indoor living I was hesitant to leave my mobile rig.
I cooked off propane and worked for peeps when I could find work and my dog came with me. I met a lot of cool people who were doing similar in other places but who had traveled to where I was for short stints. I moved around a bit but stuck pretty close to this camp site. Not long after I was done living there I had my divorce settlement come in and bought my store, then later lived in my rig beside the store to save money and build on my store. I had a complete truckers style washroom in my store so living there was even easier then. Didn't have to ask friends to use their shower.
Yes I would do it again and do have plans on buying a diesel pusher to live in when I retire so I can travel Canada, living where ever my rig parks me then. I have a BF now so you never know how that will go by then, maybe he won't want to but so far he says it sounds interesting.
Love this thread.

@ fireflyinthedark,,, did you ever get to do this? Are you still planning on it? You will love it if you do. Turning the key and fekking off when ever you want is the best feeling besides not paying home owners taxes or rent. My taxes are two grand a year and it drives me nuts going in there to hand them those bucks but I love my home and once I am done with the business end life, what makes me money right now, I will sell it and either down size to a cabin on the lake maybe or a rig. I really want to do the travel thing more.

Just call me Sally, I am not that smart, ;)


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Posted May 08 2014 - 08:05 PM

Greetings Sally,

Take your new BF camping, and hopefully they'll love it as much as you do.

It might not be for everybody, but with a proper introduction it can become very addictive.

Good Luck! :2thumbsup:

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Posted May 08 2014 - 09:25 PM

He is a camper/fisherman at heart so it might be easy to talk him into living on the run so to speak once we are both done working and retire. I would sell everything and have only what the rig could carry plus a dog. Having done it before I actually miss it still. It felt like freedom of life's hang ups like responsibilities of mortgages, bills and f-ing taxes.
My dream as a kid was to travel in a small motorhome and work wherever I stopped just to make enough to carry on again to the next interesting stop a day or so later. I kept getting darn good jobs tho and had to settle down for a few years here and there till I would get tired of it and then happen on another good job. Couldn't resist the money and experience those jobs offered so living on the run was never an option. I can't wait for retirement so I won't be thinking about working, just relaxing where ever a days drive lands me, and the man I am with then which could be who I am with now if we last that long, so far seems good and he is a jack of all trades and loves maintaining vehicles, a good thing to have under one's belt if going this way.
I know many who did this travel and work thing and they love it. It only seems like it could be tough to live this way to those who haven't done it before. It's actually easier then it looks.
He currently has a 26 ft motorhome but is going to sell it because it's an older one. Mine is a leisure travel and it's only good for short trips, not much living space and storage in it, I want a 30 footer or more by that time because I want to really live in it, a long time.

Just call me Sally, I am not that smart, ;)


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Posted May 09 2014 - 12:08 AM

Greetings Sally,

Sounds like a pretty good plan.

I got lucky, got recruited into the disaster corps right out of high school, so I got to travel while having a good paying job too. I'm retired now, but like you, I still have that wanderlust in my heart, and I never want to outgrow it !

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Posted May 09 2014 - 08:43 AM

That sounds like an interesting job, maybe some times rough but I bet it was rewarding at the least.

Just call me Sally, I am not that smart, ;)


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Posted May 09 2014 - 03:05 PM

That sounds like an interesting job, maybe some times rough but I bet it was rewarding at the least.


You know, somebody once said, that if you have a job you love, you'll never have to work a day in your life.

Getting paid to travel and help people was like being paid to be on vacation to me. I fell into that job by accident, and it turned out to be the perfect job for me.:2thumbsup:

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Posted May 09 2014 - 04:18 PM

Very cool, most of my jobs I kinda fell into as well. I got lucky many times getting what I wanted but later became bored wanting something new to do. If I felt like not going in then I moved on. I hated going to work to work, it had to be fun. One of my jobs allowed me to travel all over Canada and over seas and even brought me to an island in the ocean once which was very cool. I had to camp in the middle of winter and learn how to survive it, that was awesome.
When I was a kid I went on a bush lore camp to learn how to find and rescue missing aircraft and people and survive. It was a tough course but I loved every minute of it. I have since wanted to work for Search and Rescue but haven't had the opportunity altho I did take other courses related. I even thought about becoming a game warden but other opportunities showed up first.
You got lucky to find one that lasted you a whole career.

Just call me Sally, I am not that smart, ;)


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Posted May 18 2014 - 07:50 PM

Excellent thread.

I read all of TwoDogs posts and most of the others over the last week or so.

I'm truly sad it's over. Hope he posts soon.

Here are some thoughts. I can't believe someone didn't ask about the camera until after 400+ posts. Those are some excellent shots.

Did you have any formal photography training?

I can't believe that so many posters are surprised by the fact that a man can live in a van. This is by no means revolutionary, and has probably been done even before the first van rolled off the assembly line. I know of a 1930ish article on how to convert your car into a house car.

Anyway, hope all is well TwoDogs. If one day I can be as free as you, I'll look you up.

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Posted May 19 2014 - 03:57 PM

What a nice reply!!!

Welcome to hipforums my friend :)

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Posted May 21 2014 - 07:59 PM

What a nice reply!!!

Welcome to hipforums my friend :)


Thanks, I know it's going to sound strange, but it was a nice ride.

Lived TwoDogs 7+ years of this thread in a little over a week.

It might sound selfish, but I wish I could savor it some more.

Gonna have to buy a van and leave all the BS BEHIND! Just need to grow a pair!

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Posted May 22 2014 - 08:57 PM

It not as easy lifestyle I dont think........

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Posted May 23 2014 - 11:31 PM

It not as easy lifestyle I dont think........


Once you get it figured out, I think it's probably the easiest lifestyle there is.

Since your housing costs are so low, supporting yourself becomes pretty easy. I don't know of any other lifestyle where people can actually thrive on less than $500 a month.

Of course if you wish to travel a lot it costs more, but most van dwellers only travel small distances at a time, then take in all an area has to offer, then move a town or two away and do it all over again.

The hardest part is creating a comfortable and sustainable living space, once that has been established, the rest becomes easier. The beauty is that even the living space can be built in baby steps if the funding is low.

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Posted June 20 2014 - 10:14 AM

Do you have any kids camperbob? I feel like it would be hard for me to live in my camper unless I was close by to my kids, which then would seem not as exciting cause I couldnt travel as much! Ahhh man.

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Posted June 20 2014 - 06:56 PM

It not as easy lifestyle I dont think........


What's easy?

Getting up in the morning going to a job you hate to pay for a house you barely live in?

And when you're fed up you take a 2 week vacation to get away from it all, and are sad and depressed when you have to back to the "real world".

Nothing's easy.

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Posted June 21 2014 - 09:40 PM

Do you have any kids camperbob? I feel like it would be hard for me to live in my camper unless I was close by to my kids, which then would seem not as exciting cause I couldnt travel as much! Ahhh man.


Nope, no kids. My lifestyle afforded me many girlfriends, some even long term, and some with kids, but none of my own.

I keep in touch with many of them, and even some grown kids with families of their own now. I am Uncle Bob, or Grandpa Bob to many, and some of the kids even consider me to be their Dad. Many were victims of some sort of disaster, and I would stay on for a while to help them put their lives back together.

Even though I don't have much for blood relatives, I have a rather large extended family out there.

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Posted June 21 2014 - 10:18 PM

What's easy?

Getting up in the morning going to a job you hate to pay for a house you barely live in?

And when you're fed up you take a 2 week vacation to get away from it all, and are sad and depressed when you have to back to the "real world".

Nothing's easy.


While very few of us have had the opportunity to live out our dreams, a new reality is beginning to sweep the nation, even the world, that the dream lifestyle was a scam to keep us in debt, and to be good little worker bees.

Today, more and more people are pursuing their real dream by becoming full timers, abandoning the dreams we were taught by our fore fathers, and creating our own path to fulfillment, enlightenment, and true happiness.

While we must still live in the "real world" we do not need to be enslaved by it.

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Posted July 23 2014 - 10:34 AM

I am looking at vans and plan to purchase my first one within the next six months. I had assumed that I would be full on urban stealth, but after reading this thread over the last two days (yes, all of it) I'm beginning to look for dispersed camping sites. :) Thanks for the inspiration, TwoDogs! This thread has some great info for those of us who are making the choice to live free rather than being stuck in the daily grind and crass consumerism. I've already gotten rid of two storage units worth of stuff and the feeling of freedom and relief is amazing!

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Posted July 26 2014 - 08:33 AM

Welcome to the site!!!

Good luck in your quest :)

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Posted August 27 2014 - 06:20 PM

Here's the "Racetrack" and the left half of what is called "The Grandstand." It's the only large thing that disturbs many, many acres of dry lake bed.



Here's some racing rocks and the almost perfectly straight trails behind.

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The rocks aren't very fast. My dogs had no problem catching one. It's odd that they were both drawn to the rocks. They sensed something strange. BabyGirl pretty much stalked the rock.



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One of the strangest things is the number of rocks that are missing. These dead-ended trails are over a mile from the parking area and I seriously doubt that someone carried a big rock off as a souvenir. As you can see...these missing rocks were LARGE.

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Do you think that the wind REALLY blew this rock?

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And what about this? Was that rock caught in a dust devil?

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Look at the smaller rock's trail...it's pretty straight. How could the wind have moved the larger rock in the opposite direction without the smaller rock being affected Look at the larger rock's trail. What made it change direction? Peer pressure?

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Here's a better shot.

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Look at the size of this rock. it has a jagged edge protruding from the bottom. How easily do you think this big honkin' rock slides?

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"Racetrack" is in the news today.

Racetrack Playa mystery in Death Valley solved



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Posted October 03 2014 - 06:50 PM

I kinda' wonder if that explanation fits what TwoDogs saw when he was there. One of his dogs actually "stalked" a moving rock, after all....



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Posted August 16 2015 - 07:09 AM

 

 

"What did you accomplish today that you won't have to do again tomorrow. What permanent progress did you make?"

 

 

I think the idea of ever increasing, ever accelerating progress is in and of itself a trap. You can go to many many collapsed civilizations throughout history (Sumer, Maya, Easter Island etc) and the theme quickly makes itself apparent the relentless pedal-to-the-metal approach toward ever increasing progress eventually burdened the civilizations so much it led to their downfall. There is a fantastic book about this called "A Short History of Progress" by Ronald Wright. Its about 130pgs, he doesn't mince words and looks at the notion of progress throughout history and how it had led to the downfall of so many previous cultures and civilizations. He argues we are in the exact same position, we have fallen into a "progress trap". One of the most powerful things I have ever read (easily readable in a day if you're dedicated) and reading is my first love and primary hobby in life.

 

Things are a little bit different now, but not much. I'm not convinced America isn't marching toward the same fate. 

 

I think we may need to focus more on simply treating each other right, building our communities and living simply off the land. It's a long hard road and I'm not convinced we'll ever get there but I try to hold out hope and spread peace and positivity wherever I go.


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Posted August 16 2015 - 10:20 AM

Got this thread pointed out to me. Two dogs you're an inspiration. I hope you come back on here. I'm 31 and in the process of acquiring my van hour to be on the road by the first of the year. I wanna be in dessert sw area for winter and work my north for spring summer. I plan on taking my adorable English bulldog asking and hopefully my wife comes but I'm ready to leave everything behind. You're living my childhood/adult dream t two dogs and I'm finally putting the wheels in motion to line my dream myself. I'd love to connect with you if you ever get back on here. You're in the area I plan on being at the beginning of my trip and if you're up for it I'd like to hangout for a week and pitch your brain. Have ya show me the Arizona dessert. I'm envious my friend you have exactly what I want! I love it brother! I can't wait to leave Iowa behind!